The book addresses security threats and challenges to the European Union emanating from its eastern neighbourhood. The volume includes the expertise of policy and scholarly contributors coming from North America, Russia and Central Asia, and from across the EU. Themes and issues include the EU’s capacities and actorness, support from the United States, challenges from Russia, and a range of case studies including Ukraine, other post-Soviet conflicts, the Kurdish question, Central Asia, and terrorism and counter-terrorism. Authors identify current threats and place these challenges into necessary historical context. They offer long-term recommendations for actionable goals to achieve greater stability in this complex and volatile region. This work is explanatory and long-lasting, and will engage readers in the limits and possibilities of the EU in a challenging era and in its most vital and demanding geographic arena.
About the Author
Rick Fawn is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK.
Table of Contents
1. Chapter 1 The Price and Possibilities of Going East? The European Union and Wider Europe, the European Neighbourhood and the Eastern Partnership
2. Chapter 2 Turning points and shifting understandings of European security: The European Neighbourhood Policy’s development
Maria Raquel Freire and Licínia Simão
3. Chapter 3 The Dilemmas of a Four-headed Russian Eagle for the EU: Russia as Conflict Instigator, Mediator, Saviour and Perpetuator
4. Chapter 4 The US and the New Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) Since 1991
5. Chapter 5 The EU and pan-European IOs and ʽSymbolic’ Successes and Failures in the Protracted Conflicts in Moldova and Georgia
6. Chapter 6 Georgia as a Case Study of EU influence, and How Russia Accelerated EU-Russian relations
7. Chapter 7 Security challenges in Ukraine after Euromaidan
8. Chapter 8 Iraq and the Kurds: What Threats to European Stability?
Samuel Doveri Vesterbye
9. Chapter 9 In-between domestic terrorism, al-Qaeda, and ISIS, or how Russia sees prospects of security cooperation with the EU
10. Chapter 10 The EU and Central Asia: The Nuances of an ‘Aided’ Partnership
Karolina Kluczewska and Shairbek Dzhuraev
11. Chapter 11 Reflections on How the EU is Handling Threats to Stability in Wider Europe